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While springtime reintroduces us to warmer weather and pretty, blooming plants each year, it also marks a spike in allergy symptoms and complications. When allergy symptoms are triggered by the pollen in the air, the condition is referred to as seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever. Hay fever can affect the quality of life of both children and adults; often leading to sinus infections, disrupting sleep and affecting their ability to learn at school or perform at work.
Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood, and pine are big allergy triggers.Common symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis include itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat and/or eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose (congestion), runny nose, tearing eyes and dark circles under the eyes. Children that play outdoor sports during this time of year may start to experience signs of asthma due to the tree pollen in the air or develop a rash or hives.
In most cases, over the counter medication should take care of their symptoms. If your child has been experiencing the symptoms common to seasonal allergic rhinitis or other allergic reactions, and over the counter medication isn’t working, it is important to get them tested for allergies.